Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington made official as #UFC224 headliner in Rio

In the main event of UFC 224 on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Raquel Pennington (9-5) will challenge Amanda Nunes (15-4) for the bantamweight championship.

It looks like UFC President Dana White has decided against scrapping Nunes vs Pennington– earlier today the UFC officially announced via Twitter that Amanda Nunes will attempt to defend the bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington in the UFC 224 main event.

With Nunes vs Cyborg still a strong future possibility, the bantamweight champion will shift her focus toward Raquel as she prepares for her third title defense.

Pennington cemented her status as the next title challenge when she defeated former champion Miesha Tate at UFC 205 in 2016. Though she has been out of action since due to injury, “Rocky” will look to capture gold for the first time in her career.

Are you excited for this match up?

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8 comments

      1. Saw this at MMAJunkie: “‘(Nunes is) going to defend her belt in May, I think, and then probably I’m going to fight in July if she wins and is the champion,’ Cyborg said at the UFC 222 presser. ‘I’m not calling her out. She’s calling me out, and I can fight her in July.’ ‘For me, I think (UFC 224 is) going to be too soon,’ (Cyborg) continued.”
        http://mmajunkie.com/2018/03/cris-cyborg-wants-amanda-nunes-fight-in-july-after-ufc-224 Coincidentally, that’s when Nicco says she wants Valentina. Now wouldn’t that be a fine card for WMMA fans if they both came together?

      2. Cris couldn’t fight Nunes in May, because she’s traveling to Brazil and is adopting her niece. Plus she just had a quick turnaround. She’s up for fighting Nunes in July.

        1. awww that’s cute, the niece , the one who was in the running man video w cris?
          Maybe Cyborgs uterus was damaged by too many weight cuts and teep kicks. Glad she will still get to enjoy motherhood with the benefits of her MMA success.

  1. Amanda is explosive and has super long range and is at the peak of her powers.
    Raquel is a slow starter and has made excuses about her head game and “my mind wasnt’ right for the fight…” etc. Amanda got this

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